Today is the last segment discussing the recycling and shipping restrictions of amalgam separators. Thank you for following this series, clarifying the misinformation spread by uninformed individuals in the Dental Industry.
Using logic and basic reasoning skills, anyone can determine the fable about the LibertyBOSS not being able to be shipped or recycled was just that, a fable. Below are some arguments that should have been considered by a reasonable and informed individual.
Other Points to Consider
Though we have proven without a doubt that the LibertyBOSS can be transported safely for recycling, a couple of simple thoughts should have occurred to our competitor’s Sales Representative before making such statements.
Mercury Content in Amalgam Separators
On average, the percentage of mercury amalgam inside of an amalgam separator is 5% of the waste. Even if we were to consider the worst case scenario and assume 10%, there is still not enough material in any amalgam separator to be considered a breach of the 49 CFR 172.101 standards.
Can Any Amalgam Separator be Shipped?
As explained above, there is very little mercury content in an amalgam separator. But for the sake of this argument, let’s assume the entire sludge weight in an amalgam separator is considered mercury. The smallest central amalgam separator has a sludge capacity of 700 mL; a weight equal to roughly 4 pounds. If we were to continue this assumption to the most strict weight restriction of mercury by the FedEx Ground Hazardous Material Table, the heaviest allowed weight is 1 pound (under the “mercury” listing). Under those assumptions above, no amalgam separator on the market would be legal for shipping.
Amalgam Recycling Buckets
The aforementioned Sales Representative works for a manufacturer who supplies a 1.5-gallon bucket for amalgam recycling. If there is a weight/capacity restriction on amalgam waste recycling, the 1.5-gallon bucket would far exceed the weight of the LibertyBOSS. As mentioned above, the concentration of the controlled substance is the concern for Hazardous Waste Transportation; an amalgam bucket would contain far more amalgam than an amalgam separator ever could. The weight of the container (bucket or amalgam separator) is not considered in the weight of the controlled substance, only the material itself.
M.A.R.S’ Guarantee of Compliance
Anyone with a LibertyBOSS amalgam separator already knows that M.A.R.S stands 100% behind our products. We are the ONLY amalgam separator manufacturer that provides a written guarantee of compliance with every LibertyBOSS. A part of compliance is disposing of a used system. Members of our Family of Environmentally Friendly Amalgam Separators can rest assured that their office will remain 100% with a M.A.R.S LibertyBOSS amalgam separator servicing their clinic.
Misinformation Continues after another Short Break
M.A.R.S will be continuing our series on correcting the misinformation spread across the Dental Industry on the EPA Regulation, amalgam separators, and the M.A.R.S LibertyBOSS. The next segment will be discussing non-compliant evacuation line cleaners and the effect they have on amalgam separators.
Before we continue that series M.A.R.S will be taking a short break to highlight out time with Patterson Dental in Ottawa and Montreal.